Police only need probable cause to seize property. 80% of those who have had property seized are never charged with a crime (72 ).
What happens to the forfeited property? Nine studies by the GAO in ten years say's it's usually trashed or Stolen by the police (73 ).
A GAO report said "Despite various U.S. government interdiction efforts, central America continues to be a primary shipping point for cocaine shipments to the United States available evidence suggest that the supply of drugs entering the United States remains virtually uninterrupted."(74 ).
More than 60% of federal prison inmates are incarcerated for violations of federal drug laws. One in five are petty offenders, in many cases naive young people who ran into sophisticated entrapment procedures(75 ).
In 2004 federal and state governments spent 40 and 60 billion dollars to fight the war on drugs. This is ten times the amount spent in 1980 (76 ).
Rep Paul Simon did a state prison wardens survey(77) Wardens from California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Surveys were received from more than 60% of the prison facilities in these states.
Do you support mandatory sentencing for drug crimes?
best solutions to prison over crowding?
do you think most elected officals are offering effective solution to crime?
Milton Freidman, Nobel Laureate said "Despite this tragic lesson, we seem bent on repeating precisely the same mistakes in handling drugs."(78 ).
"The point must surely come when the American people acknowledge that the drive against marijuana is not proving anything at all, given the continuing availability of the drug and it's (relatively modest) patronage"(79 ).
Former Seattle Police Chief from 1994 to 2000 Norm Stamper "Sometimes people in law enforcement will hear it whispered that I'm a former cop who favors decriminalization of marijuana laws, and they'll approach me the way they might a traitor or snitch. So let me set the record straight. Yes, I was a cop for 34 years, the last six of which I spent as chief of Seattle's police department. But no, I don't favor decriminalization. I favor legalization, and not just of pot but of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine, meth, psychotropics, mushrooms and LSD." (80 )
Retired police captain Peter Christ who worked for the town if Tonawanda (1969 to 1989) (New York) said "My attitude toward the policy we're following is that it's a stupid policy," and also said "It creates crime and violence in our society ... When's the last time you heard of a shoot-out at a brewery?" and "Don't be asking cops to solve the drug problem,". (81 )
Research by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron, inject $76.8 billion a year into the U.S. economy. $44.1 billion through savings on law enforcement plus at least $32.7 billion in tax revenues from regulated sales. He also published a study in 2005 looking at just legalizing marijuana, this study was endorse by more than 500 economist including Nobel laureates Milton Friedman of Stanford University, George Akerlof of the University of California and Vernon Smith of George Mason University. They said in an open letter to President George W. Bush, congress, governors and state legislators "We urge…the country to commence an open and honest debate about marijuana prohibition," and "At a minimum, this debate will force advocates of current policy to show that prohibition has benefits sufficient to justify the cost to taxpayers, foregone tax revenues and numerous ancillary consequences that result from marijuana prohibition."(82 )